So last night.. did a little bit of research on pup. It is starting to sound more and more interesting so I’m starting to kind of get excited. My upgraded frame choice that I picked (months and months ago) was the Stormwalker one, so I have been focusing most of my reasearch on what that frame can do for now. I journeyed to Nashmau to purchase some attachments. Since I’m generally a poor taru, lol.. I only bought six of them for now… which means I’m really going to need to do some farming soon, because I’m down to about 20k.. lol.
The attachments I chose where: Auto-Repair Kit, Mana Conserver, Mana Tank, Damage Gauge, Inhibitor, and one other… though it seems to escape me at the moment which one it was. I hurried back to Aht Urghan, and traded my new attachments to the girl in the Automoton workshop, and warped back to San d’Oria to try them out.
I had offered to help Talishe – one of my LS members get thier orcish mail scales for San d’Orian mission for Rank 2, so since I really wanted to try out what the puppet could do.. lol.. I went as a very gimped whm 62/pup 14. We went down to KRT and funny enough I took her to the tomb and the very first ding bats Serenade defeated dropped Talishe’s needed orcish mail scales.. That was the quickest trip there ever… lol.
The cool thing I noticed also was that despite me having pup merely as my subjob, Serenade’s skills still rose! This is either a nice gift to the puppetmasters from SE, or a glitch that I hope they don’t change. In theory that would mean that I could take a higher level main job out with pup subbed to help her skill-up if the party situation doesn’t do it.
We headed back to Sandy, and I changed over to Pup 14/whm 7, and headed to Ghelsba Outpost to see what damage we could do there, since I was just barely 14, and was actually supposed to be 15 for this static next week, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try and catch up with the others. I started playing with the maneuvers, and mostly kept a cycle of light and dark maneuvers on. I definately noticed a difference in how quickly Serenade’s hp came back when I’d add the extra light maneuver. I actually really enjoyed it, and figured out what the retrieve actually comes in handy for. Although I haven’t seemed to master how to use it correctly so that I don’t pull links. She did cast cure on herself a few times, and once on me, although I’m not ready to lose the whm sub until I get the actual triggers figured out, because a few times it seems her intention was to just nuke the mob to death despite my declining hp.. lol The other spells I saw her use was Blind, Paralyze, Bio, and I think Poison.
After I logged out, I actually found some video’s on www.youtube.com where there were some very impressive Puppetmaster’s out there. I saw a video of a pup soloing an avatar, and working with other pups, and other jobs on some BCNM’s. Not sure I would ever be that good, but it made the prospect of what you can do with a Pup enticing.. lol
If you get a chance.. go to www.youtube.com and look up “FFXI + Pup” and you’ll be surprised how many videos there are out there. I apologize if I get the name wrong, but there is especially a taru pup named Elmerthepointy (or something like that) that seems to know the job really well. I was quite impressed, and it motivated me to want to try and figure this job out that much more ^^